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Doctor, chiropractors to pay $1.72M to settle fraud claims

Jan. 5, 2021 4:56 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A doctor and two chiropractors have agreed to pay $1.72 million for submitting false claims to Medicare and TennCare, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. The practitioners were accused of billing Medicare and TennCare for surgically...

New state hires will miss out on retiree health coverage

Dec. 30, 2020 9:24 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state employees and public school teachers won't qualify to receive state medical coverage when they retire if they are hired in 2021 and beyond. The alteration was inserted in the 2017 state budget law. Legislative Republicans who backed the change said it was needed to...

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations

Dec. 24, 2020 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second night in a row, President Donald Trump issued a round of pardons and commutations in the final weeks of his presidency, giving full pardons to his former campaign chairman, his son-in-law’s father and another of his allies convicted in special counsel Robert...

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations

Dec. 23, 2020 11:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second night in a row, President Donald Trump issued a round of pardons and commutations in the final weeks of his presidency, giving full pardons to his former campaign chairman, his son-in-law’s father and another of his allies convicted in special counsel Robert...

FILE  - In this June 15, 2018 file photo, pharmaceuticals are seen in North Andover, Mass. A late-term maneuver by President Donald Trump to use lower drug prices paid overseas to limit some of Medicare's own costs suffered a legal setback Wednesday that appears likely to keep the policy from taking effect before the president leaves office.(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Trump plan to curb drug costs dealt setback in court

Dec. 23, 2020 6:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A late-term maneuver by President Donald Trump to use lower drug prices paid overseas to limit some of Medicare's own costs suffered a legal setback Wednesday that appears likely to keep the policy from taking effect before the president leaves office. U.S. District Judge Catherine C....

Trump commutes 20-year sentence in massive health care fraud

Dec. 23, 2020 9:49 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the 20-year prison sentence imposed on a Miami Beach businessman in a $1 billion health care fraud case, one of the nation's largest. The president's action for 52-year-old Philip Esformes was among a group of pardons and commutations announced Tuesday...

2 charged with fraud, money laundering in $30 million scheme

Dec. 21, 2020 6:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two brothers are facing health care fraud and money laundering charges in connection to a $30 million scheme that took advantage of the pandemic emergency's relaxing of some Medicare regulations, authorities said Monday as they unsealed a federal indictment. Peter Khaim, 40, and Arkadiy...

Biogen agrees to pay $22M to settle kickback allegations

Dec. 17, 2020 3:49 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Biogen pharmaceutical company on Thursday agreed to pay $22 million to resolve allegations that it illegally paid insurance co-payments for thousands of patients in order to collect Medicare revenue, federal prosecutors said. The company was accused of channeling money through two...

FILE - This April 5, 2020, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Trump administration to end the 2020 census was another case of whiplash for the census, which has faced stops from the pandemic, natural disasters and court rulings. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Census releases data to check official count for accuracy

Dec. 15, 2020 5:41 PM EST

U.S. Census Bureau officials issued a range of population estimates Tuesday that are wholly separate from the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident, saying the figures will help evaluate the accuracy of the official 2020 Census numbers set to be released next year. Demographic Analysis estimates...

Carpenito steps down as US attorney for New Jersey

Dec. 14, 2020 4:36 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s top federal prosecutor said Monday he is stepping down. U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced his resignation, effective Jan. 5, 2021, and in a statement called serving in the job “the greatest professional honor of my lifetime.” Carpenito was...